Three-try blitz secures win
They did it the hard way, but the Ponsonby Fillies are still undefeated after four rounds.
Ponsonby’s 19-15 win over Ardmore Marist sets up an intense grudge match against College Rifles this Saturday.
College Rifles have the bragging rights after their victory when the two met in the semifinal last year.
Fillies coach Michael Mau’u knows that quality is always something that comes out of this match up.
‘‘We’re very similar in our strengths. We have dominant forward packs and both are carrying Kiwi Ferns within our teams.
‘‘One of the things about women’s rugby is the smaller pool of players – everyone knows each other.
‘‘They’re friends off the field but it’s all competition when it comes down to game time,’’ Mau’u says.
Ponsonby was flying in the face of adversity before their game had even kicked off against Marist Ardmore on May 16.
An administrative error saw a half-hour delay due to the initial absence of a referee at Bruce Pulman Park.
‘‘I think it did impact on the team,’’ Mau’u says. ‘‘ We got off to a slow start. Everything for us is time-scripted.’’
That start was compounded by the Fillies staring at a 15-0 deficit with 20 minutes to go.
The game then turned dramatically.
Left wing Natahlia Debnorah Moors took matters into her own hands with two quick tries and centre Marina Apfel also dotting down for a five-pointer.
Fullback Annabel Sargent’s two conversions ensured Ponsonby would steal the match and leave Bruce Pulman Park with their record intact.
Ponsonby’s Natahlia Debnorah Moors runs into Ardmore’s Te Kura Aerenga-Mate.